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Cycling Weekly March 26, 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Cycling Weekly is the UK's only weekly special interest magazine focusing on the cycling market. It is the best source of breaking international and UK news, race reportage, reliable fitness advice, trustworthy product reviews and inspirational features for British cyclists. Always a great read, Cycling Weekly inspires you to ride your bike more!

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1 min.
start line 26.03

There has been much debate about whether or not people should still be riding their bikes at this time. Clearly we will all want to keep riding our bikes, as do British Cycling and Sport England, whose advice we are in line with. On Monday evening the government instructed us all to stay at home (except key workers) but you are allowed one form of exercise a day - including cycling. If you ride you must do so alone and keep your distance from everyone outside of your household - that’s at least 1.5 metres. Wash your hands before and after your ride, do not blow snot out of your nose, don’t stop at cafes etc. and be completely self-sufficient. You must also be more cautious than ever before. No one wants to…

5 min.
fears for cycling’s future grow as coronavirus spreads

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the world of professional cycling there is increasing concern about the long-term effects on the sport and how and when racing will return. Last week saw the cancellation of yet more races, most notably the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The UCI had hesitated to call off the cobbled Classics last week, perhaps hoping that a solution to the pandemic might materialise, allowing them to run as planned. Both organisers, Flanders Classics and ASO, eventually called them off as Belgian and French authorities enforced stricter lockdowns. The Giro d’Italia has already been postponed, leaving the Tour de France as the next big engagement still on the calendar. However, as France entered ever-stricter lockdown to try and halt the spread of the virus last week,…

1 min.
holdsworth-zappi: ‘no one is around us’

While cyclists around the Continent cannot train outside during the coronavirus outbreak, seven young British riders are making the most of their rural surroundings while quarantined in Italy. Holdsworth-Zappi are based in the northern Italian province of Rimini, but on 10 March, with the number of Covid-19 cases escalating and a lockdown imminent, the team decamped to a large house close to Mount Etna in Sicily. Calum Johnston, Charlie Beake, Paul Double, Connor Lambert, George Smith, Louis Rose-Davies, Oliver Knudsen and Dane Christian Bahr all made the 1,00km journey to the southern island. Lockdown rules in Italy mean that exercising outside is prohibited and punishable with a fine, but the team’s location means that they have a greater level of freedom. “No one is around us. We don’t see anyone all day,” Calum Johnston,…

6 min.
races and club runs axed as grass-roots cycling tackles covid-19

Ladies and gentlemen, cycle sport has left the building. Rest assured that one day it’ll be back, centre stage, thrilling and entertaining us with what is likely to be the renewed vigour of one reborn. But for now, there are no races in Britain, not even group rides, while the UCI has cancelled all racing under its remit. For Britain, the turning point was last Monday (16 March) when the government stated that it wanted everyone to cease non-essential socialising and travel. By the next morning both British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials had called off all affiliated racing – BC until 30 April and CTT until the end of May. That left hundreds of cyclists who have spent their winters fastidiously following [and paying for] coaching plans in order to reach race…

1 min.
how group riding could mean no riding at all

Ignore the advice and we may lose our right to ride entirely, is the concern of many who witnessed those on group rides at the weekend, apparently ignoring the government’s advice on social distancing and mass gatherings. The French Cycling Federation advised its members last week not to ride at all, while recreational riding has been banned altogether in countries under lock-down such as Italy and Spain. The UK stance currently remains that it’s OK to ride solo, respecting social distancing, but going beyond this risks tougher measures being put in place. “For isolation to be sustainable, perhaps for months, [exercise] is a vital tool,” said Chris Boardman on Twitter. “Abuse it and we will lose it.” British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington, echoed his comments, saying: “Getting out on your bike on your own…

2 min.
boardman in bid to save wind tunnel facility

Chris Boardman hopes to find new ownership for the Boardman Performance Centre after Halfords announced its closure alongside bike shop chain Cycle Republic last week. The 18,000sqft centre was only completed in 2018 and includes a purpose-built cycling wind-tunnel as well as facilities for bike-fitting and physical testing. Boardman wrote in an online post: “Some of you might have heard the news today. So thought I’d put my thoughts down here.” “Whilst I’m obviously disappointed the Performance Centre isn’t going to form part of our strategy going forward, I do understand the immense pressure Halfords, along with other retailers, is under right now. “Pioneering, world-first things like this takes courage to back and we need to remember Halfords showed leadership in enabling us to do something different and wonderful. This was a tough decision…